Page 4


Wednesday June 7, 2017

Poetry slam champ gives workshop to local youth By Dave Crampton

A former New Zealand poetry slam champion was in Wainuiomata during Youth Week, freestyling and giving a workshop to local youth. Freestyling is where you say a poem or rap and make up the words as you go along. Te Kahu Rolleston, 26 won the national poetry championship in 2014, and in his final performance gave a moving speech about the Rena wreck and the effects of its oil spill. He has also written poems specifiand cally for Waitangi Day, in 2015 was the Inter-Pacific poetry slam champion. But last Wednesday, at a workshop with youth f r o m T i H e i Rangitahi, the topic was

Wainuiomata. Te Kahu also works in Wainuiomata intermittently with the community law centre, but loves engaging with youth through rap, rhyme and the spoken word. He regularly speaks at schools, colleges and even among corporates. I’m lucky as. I do it for a job now,” he said. Te Kahu looks like a creative freestyler. He has dreadlocks down to his waist and a beard – and a big smile. He likes to laugh too. He taught the youth the difference between alliterations, similies and metaphor, and the young people wrote and performed their own creative work based on five things about Wainuiomata. One girl was determined to get Jesus Christ into her poem, others just wanted to rhyme a lot. Te Kahu said that as he travels the country doing similar workshops, young people tend to express themselves better through poetry or rhyme rather than talking ‘normally’ about controversial subjects- such as suicide and human rights. He enjoys it, too. At the end of the workshop Te Kahu did his own freestyle rhyme about Wainuiomata, in part, based on one of the poems, written by a young person who was a bit shy to perform her work. “I do the freestyling to captivate them. I also do this sort of thing with adults, and it’s not nearly as fun,” he said. Te Kahu Rolleston in action with his freestyle poetry

A word from

Mayor Ray Wallace More than 1200 Hutt residents made time to put in a submission on the Council’s 2017-2018 proposed Annual Plan. A wide range of views were represented in the submissions, but some clear themes emerged. As you might expect, there was strong support for the Council’s “bread and butter” projects – landfill, water supply and storm water. Spending on sport and recreational facilities, like the Wainuiomata Hub, also received strong support

to be clear, however, that Councils have the responsibility to make the decisions and be held accountable for those decisions every three years at local government elections. In April, E-coli was identified in Lower Hutt’s water supply. While the safety of the drinking water was not compromised, this, along with recent water quality testing showing an increasing amount of bacterial activity, led to the decision to continue to continue chlorinating the Lower Hutt water supply. Wellington Water is investigating why this is happening, but it is an investigation that will take a number of months.


This proposed plan is an important milestone in our journey of rejuvenation we started four years ago. I’m delighted at the level of interest in the proposed plan because, in my view, it represents a huge step forward towards a bright future for all residents, their children and their grandchildren. Thanks to all the Wainuiomata residents who made a contribution to the consultation process.

12x2 I think these two issues – consultation on

As part of the consultation process, the Council held two days of hearings in mid-May where submitters could come and speak to their submissions. The Council will be making decisions on the proposed Annual Plan at a meeting in early June. It will be finalised after that meeting. Consultation is a critical part of the planning process. The Local Government Act requires all Councils to consult with their communities and take note of the communities’ views when they make their final decisions. It is important

the proposed Annual Plan and swift action to protect public health – are good examples of your Council at work - on the one hand carefully planning for the Hutt’s long term future and, on the other, taking immediate action in the interests of public safety. Until next time, take care.

Intermediate’s new flexible learning space opened and blessed

ABOVE: Teachers and students including principal Pearl Murti (centre) and Ratana Minister Devon Eru in the renovated space LEFT: Minister Devon Eru blessed the new flexible learning space By Dave Crampton

Wainuiomata Intermediate has a new modern flexible learning space. It was opened on May 31 and blessed by Ratana minister Devon Eru, an old boy of the school. His children are also former students of the school. Many of Wainuiomata’s school principals attended the opening with parents of the school and shared morning tea with a huge cake to celebrate afterwards. Flexible colourful learning spaces are the current trend throughout the country, as students learn in new and different ways, principal Pearl Murti said at the opening. “This flexibility, we hope, will help teachers to better engage learners and equip them with skills and knowledge they need to succeed.” The renovated area is almost finished, bar a canopy for the front porch.

Devon said he welcomed the opportunity to bless new learning space. “It was an honour. I`ll do anything for our rangitahi,” he said. “I was born and bred in the rohe (area) - I went to the old Wainuiomata Intermediate in Moohan Street.” The renovations have been a long time coming. The project began in 2014 when they tried to refurbish the school’s hall. The Ministry of Education said no, but they could use available money to modernise teaching spaces. The renovated block is the result. Pearl said she was pleased to be able to hold the opening in May after hoping to move in at the start of the school year. “We often joked that it would have been cheaper and easier to demolish the whole place and start again. But it’s going to be really, really, exciting going to a big collaborative working space.”

Year 8 Information Evening Tuesday 20 June 2017, 7:00pm to 8:00pm in the High School Staffroom

Hear what the High School has to offer and meet the Principal and other key staff. RSVP to the High School Office, (04) 9383224 or email

Mayor - Lower Hutt


Wainuiomata News 07-06-17  

Wainuiomata News 07-06-17

Wainuiomata News 07-06-17  

Wainuiomata News 07-06-17